GH6 autofocus is improved but seems to be still not good enough for sports tracking

All the GH6 specs do look damn good but there Lois one BIG caveat. The GH6 still relies on the contrast AF only. A GH6 tester told me that while there is definitely an improvement over the GH5 he still found that this camera autofocus isn’t good enough for sports tracking. He stressed tough, that this is a pre-production version he is testing. So there might be still room for some minor improvement.

This is the full GH6 spec sheet:

UPDATE: GH6 price is $2,899 Canadian Dollars???

A store shortly listed the GH6 with a price tag of $2,899 (UPDATE: I have been told this is Canadian Dollar and not US dollar!). I am not sure if this is a place holder price or the real final price. The store also posted this press text:

The Panasonic LUMIX GH6 is designed to meet and exceed the needs of content creators. The effective pixel count has been increased by more than 20%, the new 25.2-megapixel Live MOS Sensor boasts high-resolution, high-speed signal readout and wide dynamic range. The new Venus Engine has also been upgraded with advanced image processing technologies to render high resolution images with low noise quality and rich color reproduction, which is a hallmark of LUMIX cameras.

The LUMIX GH6 contains V-Log/V-Gamut for the first time in LUMIX G Micro Four Thirds cameras and provides 12+ stops, and even 13+ stops, of wide dynamic range using Dynamic Range Boost mode. 43

The new LUMIX GH6 has again evolved to produce 4:2:2 10-bit C4K 60p unlimited video recording time, 4:2:0 10-bit 4K120p, 4:2:2 10bit FHD 240p HFR (High Frame Rate) and FHD maximum 300fps VFR (Variable Frame Rate) to reproduce dynamic motion of the subject. In addition to 4:2:0 10-bit 5.7K 60p, 4:2:0 10-bit 5.8K 30p anamorphic 4:3 video can be recorded utilizing the full area of the sensor. It’s now possible to display de-squeezed anamorphic footage on the monitor in real-time. 5.7K 30p video recording is available in Apple ProRes 422 HQ for the first time in LUMIX cameras, which enables non-linear editing without transcoding. Extended recording time is made possible with LUMIX’s heat management technology.

Boasting 7.5 stops of powerful image stabilization with its Dual I.S.2 43rumors for agile handheld shooting, the LUMIX GH6 has adopted a new super high-precision 5-axis gyro sensor with a new algorithm to achieve 7.5 stops of Body I.S. and Dual I.S.2*5. It also offers a wide variety of recording formats, resolutions and framerates to choose from – depending on the purpose.

Features:

  • 25.2-megapixel Live MOS Sensor without LPF (Low-pass Filter)
  • 5.7K 60p Video, 10-Bit Sampling
  • UHD 4K 120p with 10-Bit HFR
  • Venus Engine high-speed processor
  • V-Log/V-Gamut
  • Photo Sensitivity: ISO 50(extended)-25600
  • Video Sensitivity: ISO 50(extended)-12800
  • Memory Type: CFexpress Type B card
  • 3.0-inch free-angle touch-control monitor

Full Panasonic GH6 specs and new images leaked!

Digicameinfo leaked all images, specs and a video of the GH6:

  • 25 million pixel PLF-less sensor
  • High resolution shooting of 100 million pixels
  • 5.7K video
  • Sensor readout up to 300fps
  • High-speed readout of 120 fps at 4K resolution
  • Rolling shutter suppression
  • Computational processing capacity is about double
  • New intelligent details New 2D noise reduction High-performance 3D-NR (video) Improved AF performance Processing speed is 3 times faster than before DFD performance has evolved
  • New recording mode 4K120p 4: 2: 0 10bit 300Mbps 4K 60p 4: 2: 2 10bit 800Mbps / 600Mbps 5.7K 60p 4: 2: 0 10bit 300Mbps C4K 120p 4: 2: 0 10bit 300Mbps C4K 60p 4: 2: 2 10bit 800Mbps / 600Mbps Recording file method supports Apple ProRes in addition to MP4 and MOV 5.7K 30p Apple ProRes 422 HQ 1.9Gbps
  • Card slot: CFexpress TypeB slot, UHSII compatible SD card slot Weight: 739g
  • Dynamic range boost function: It is possible to shoot a wide dynamic range image at a maximum of 60 fps by synthesizing an overexposed image and an underexposed image in real time. Achieves a dynamic range of up to 13+ stops approaching the full size. The minimum ISO sensitivity is 800, and when using V-log it is 2000, so an ND filter is essential. Image stabilization: Adopts an ultra-high performance gyro sensor and a new algorithm, and has a correction effect equivalent to 7.5 steps. Smooth image stabilization that is ideal for movies. Dark place performance: High-sensitivity noise is much suppressed compared to GH5II while increasing the number of pixels. It can be used normally up to ISO3200. Built-in microphone evolved from 16bit to 24bit. 4 channels can be recorded when using an XLR adapter. Phase-difference AF is not installed, but AF is much better. The AF calculation speed has tripled, the background omission and tracking performance have been greatly improved, and the AF speed has also become considerably faster. There are 315 AF points in the full area. Human, face / pupil, animal + human subject recognition can be used in all AF modes. The focus range can be set with the focus limiter.